Two Thai sailors, who were recently released by Somali pirates after being held hostage for about five years, were yesterday each presented with Bt200,000 in cash and a Bt1 weight gold necklace by their former employer Prantalay Marketing PCL.
Other than paying their outstanding wages and compensating them for lost opportunity, the company has also promised to find them new jobs.
Tanakorn Kaewkamkong, 35, and Kosol Doungmakerd, 45, were also presented with a cashier's cheque of Bt2,000 each by Buri Ram Office of Social Development and Human Security.
Tanakorn said that his mental state has improved, but he is not sure if he will take up a job yet because he wants to be ordained as a Buddhist monk first.
"I certainly won't return to work on a fishing boat," he added. He also called on Thai workers stranded on an Indonesian island after being lured into hard labour on fishing trawlers and those facing a similar fate elsewhere, to hang in there and wait for the government's help. He also thanked the government and related agencies for bringing him and his colleague back home.